Tools were an extension of my feelings. They had nothing to do with the conceptual. That is why I always felt like such an outsider in a conceptual age. They are not doing something in a Surrealist way. It's not the "Dance of the Brooms." Like everything else I do, the Tool paintings are self-portraits.

Jim Dine

Jim Dine

Works from the Collection of Gene Summers

Celebrated architect, artist and designer Gene Summers had a long friendship and artistic conversation with artist Jim Dine. The two first met in the 1950s in New York, where Dine was living and Summers was working for the offices of Mies van der Rohe on the Seagram Building. Summers became a major patron of Dine's work and amassed a large collection of his prints, paintings and sculptures; over the years, their artistic voices would inform one another on numerous projects. 

Gene Summers in front of Jim Dine's painting The Gate: Pershing Square. Photo: Collection Centre for Architecture, Montreal.; Dine working on reliefs for Summer's renovation of the Biltmore Hotel. Photo: Otis Art Institute.

Their most significant collaboration was the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, which Summers had begun renovations on in the late 1970s. In 1981, he commissioned Dine to create carpets, mirrors, and plaster and metal wall-mounted reliefs to decorate the hotel. The following year, Dine returned to California to create an eight-and-a-half by seventy foot painting (his largest work ever) for Summers' architectural firm offices in Newport Beach. The Gate: Pershing Square, which depicts a long row of towering, expressive trees, was imbued with a highly personal touch by Dine; Summers' first project he ever worked on for Mies van der Rohe (whom was monumentally influential to Summers) was building model trees for the entirety of his summer internship. The two remained close friends and colleagues until Summers' death in 2011.

Jim Dine b. 1935

For nearly six decades, American artist Jim Dine has evoked the power of symbolism, familiarity, and the search for self through a variety of mediums. A seeming critique on modern society, Dine places personal possessions and regular objects at the focal point of his prints, drawings, paintings, and sculptures. His evolving imagery includes reoccurring themes such as heart shapes, bathrobes, tools, and the human body for which he is best known.

Dine was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1935. His grandfather owned a hardware store where he worked throughout his youth later influencing his interest in ordinary objects. “I grew up with tools…I’ve always been enchanted by these objects made by anonymous hands,” he has stated. From 1953-1957 Dine studied poetry at the University of Cincinnati and later the School of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. After receiving his BFA from the Ohio University in Athens, GA, he moved to New York in 1958.

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Auction Results Jim Dine

JIM DINE, Venus with Tools and Shell | wright20.com

Jim Dine

Venus with Tools and Shell
estimate: $50,000–70,000
result: $62,500

JIM DINE, Plant Becomes a Fan | wright20.com

Jim Dine

Plant Becomes a Fan
estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $28,160

JIM DINE, The Cartoons | wright20.com

Jim Dine

The Cartoons
estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $25,000

JIM DINE, Colored Circle | wright20.com

Jim Dine

Colored Circle
estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $16,250

JIM DINE, The Forest Up North | wright20.com

Jim Dine

The Forest Up North
estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $15,000

JIM DINE, Hart in Blu | wright20.com

Jim Dine

Hart in Blu
estimate: $8,000–12,000
result: $10,625

JIM DINE, Landscape screen | wright20.com

Jim Dine

Landscape screen
estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $9,375

JIM DINE, Ravenna in November | wright20.com

Jim Dine

Ravenna in November
estimate: $6,000–8,000
result: $8,125

JIM DINE, Landscape Screen | wright20.com

Jim Dine

Landscape Screen
estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $7,500

JIM DINE, A Silver Rainbow | wright20.com

Jim Dine

A Silver Rainbow
estimate: $1,500–2,000
result: $6,875

JIM DINE, The Temple of Flora | wright20.com

Jim Dine

The Temple of Flora
estimate: $4,000–6,000
result: $6,600

JIM DINE, Self-Portrait: The Landscape | wright20.com

Jim Dine

Self-Portrait: The Landscape
estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $6,250

JIM DINE, Night Portrait | wright20.com

Jim Dine

Night Portrait
estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $3,750

JIM DINE, Hearts and a Watercolor | wright20.com

Jim Dine

Hearts and a Watercolor
estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $3,750

JIM DINE, Self in the Ocean | wright20.com

Jim Dine

Self in the Ocean
estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $3,250

JIM DINE, Red Bathrobe | wright20.com

Jim Dine

Red Bathrobe
estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $3,250

JIM DINE, The End of the Crash | wright20.com

Jim Dine

The End of the Crash
estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $3,250

JIM DINE, Imogen and Imogen III | wright20.com

Jim Dine

Imogen and Imogen III
estimate: $300–500
result: $3,120

JIM DINE, A Sunny Woodcut | wright20.com

Jim Dine

A Sunny Woodcut
estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $3,068

JIM DINE, Valentine | wright20.com

Jim Dine

Valentine
estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $3,000

JIM DINE, The Foreign Plowman | wright20.com

Jim Dine

The Foreign Plowman
estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $2,500

JIM DINE, The Sky & Lillies (from Flowers in Manhattan) | wright20.com

Jim Dine

The Sky & Lillies (from Flowers in Manhattan)
estimate: $3,000–4,000
result: $2,375

JIM DINE, Flaubert Favorites, Edition A (four works) | wright20.com

Jim Dine

Flaubert Favorites, Edition A (four works)
estimate: $1,500–2,000
result: $2,125

JIM DINE, Cincinnati I | wright20.com

Jim Dine

Cincinnati I
estimate: $1,500–2,000
result: $2,125